Artistic theme:

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Artistic theme:
If you are artistic consider using your talent to glorify bugs.  This can be oil or water color paintings, pen/ink/graphite drawings, sculptures, textiles, robotics, or other original pieces.    Unless an acceptable explanation is provided in the attached written statement, your depictions must be biologically accurate, that is, spiders must have eight legs.  Artwork must exhibit sufficient level of rigor – this can be accomplished by:
•    Making your work very detailed (if you are modeling it after an actual species then you can try to accurately depict detail like wing veins, color or texture patterns, etc.
•    Consider incorporating a “natural history” theme…Natural history plates were common beginning in the Renaissance period and provided a comprehensive Biology lesson in the form of artwork.
•    Research an insect, or other arthropod, that is not particularly common, as the subject of your artwork
•    Quantity:  while size may be a factor in the rigor component, size without other artistic qualities is not a sufficient measure.  Multiple pieces of art may be submitted as one project but they need to have a unifying theme.  Each piece of artwork should have the student’s name and the semester/year that they took ENTO 2003 displayed on the piece.  A brief explanation of the piece should be attached either on the back or in some fashion to the artwork.
NOTE: Remember that all of your originals will become the property of the Entomology Department (and will hopefully be exhibited for all future NRC visitors to see)
When creating an artistic piece keep in mind objective #4 (Your project should reflect , in some way, your increased awareness of and knowledge about insects, as a result of having taken this class).  For this assignment you should avoid artwork that is very abstract in nature as it is difficult to decipher the entomology concepts being depicted.
Final project (100 pts) – Choose from a wide range of possibilities. Examples are provided below. This should be rigorous project (10-12 hours worth of effort) that reflects some aspect of entomological application or research effort. If you have an idea for your project but would like some feedback as to its suitability please talk to one of your TAs. The final project should be ONE in-depth project , NOT a combination of multiple projects. The project is due by July 27.
Overview of projects allowed and NOT allowed. If you have an idea for something not listed here, please consult your TA or the instructor. No honey bees, black widow spiders, ladybugs, or monarchs
Allowed NOT allowed
Powerpoint presentations
Artwork
Paintings/drawings
Sculpture/diorama
Textiles
Robotics
Other? (requires approval of instructor) Business plans
Lesson plans
Music
Original works (submit lyrics and music)
Changed lyrics from other songs (submit lyrics & original song info)
Poetry
Length requirements = 10 pages double-spaced 12pt font. Text must be submitted electronically to the dropbox
Edible art
Original works that depict aspects of human/ insect interactions
Final Project
100 Points — Read This Material Before Starting!!
Purpose of the Final Project
To provide you with a “hands on” experience in researching a topic and assembling a major project
To allow you to satisfy a special curiosity about insects and/or to apply aspects of this class to some application of interest to you
To expose you to applications of entomology that you may have never considered before; insects impact every aspect of life on earth.
Your project should reflect, in some way, your increased awareness of and knowledge about insects, as a result of having taken this class.
Remember….this is an Entomology class; you may use artistic expression to demonstrate your insect-related prowess, but it is important that the Entomological application in your project be evident.
The Project
Choose a topic/project that has entomological application and is equal in rigor to producing an 8-10 page research paper. Some ideas are listed below but you are not limited to these.
You should do a bit of research before you decide what you will do —are there enough resources available to complete your project? How much time will your project take—will you have enough time this semester? Don’t forget—all projects must equal the same amount of work as a paper (8-10 page research paper). A good estimate for this is about 12-14 hours worth of work.
Digital submission of projects
All written documents that are not accompanying a piece of artwork must be submitted/uploaded into the appropriate folder on the Desire 2 Learn website for this course.
Project Rules
Note the requirements for full points as listed in the suggestions. Projects will not be returned (projects become the property of the Entomology Department).
Due Dates
The due dates for the Student Information sheet and for the term papers/projects are in the syllabus. Late penalties apply for submission beyond the due date. (10 points off per day late)
Musical theme:
You can write music and/or original lyrics for 8 to 10 songs in which you incorporate insects/bugs and/or their relatives. (You can record with music if you wish along with the hard copy). If you replace the lyrics of existing songs (parody) the requirement is for 12-15 songs. Include the original song title and lyrics that you parody.
Grading Criteria to be used for Music:
Possible Points
Entomological application; reflects knowledge gained about insects 30
Minimum of 8 songs (original) or 12 parody – Rigor 30
List of titles & lyrics & comments about each piece 10
Creativity 10
Accuracy relative to the arthropod 20
*** 10 points subtracted for each day late ***
Total 100
Artistic theme:
If you are artistic consider using your talent to glorify bugs. This can be oil or water color paintings, pen/ink/graphite drawings, sculptures, textiles, robotics, or other original pieces. Unless an acceptable explanation is provided in the attached written statement, your depictions must be biologically accurate, that is, spiders must have eight legs. Artwork must exhibit sufficient level of rigor – this can be accomplished by:
Making your work very detailed (if you are modeling it after an actual species then you can try to accurately depict detail like wing veins, color or texture patterns, etc.
Consider incorporating a “natural history” theme…Natural history plates were common beginning in the Renaissance period and provided a comprehensive Biology lesson in the form of artwork.
Research an insect, or other arthropod, that is not particularly common, as the subject of your artwork
Quantity: while size may be a factor in the rigor component, size without other artistic qualities is not a sufficient measure. Multiple pieces of art may be submitted as one project but they need to have a unifying theme. Each piece of artwork should have the student’s name and the semester/year that they took ENTO 2003 displayed on the piece. A brief explanation of the piece should be attached either on the back or in some fashion to the artwork.
NOTE: Remember that all of your originals will become the property of the Entomology Department (and will hopefully be exhibited for all future NRC visitors to see)
When creating an artistic piece keep in mind objective #4 (Your project should reflect , in some way, your increased awareness of and knowledge about insects, as a result of having taken this class). For this assignment you should avoid artwork that is very abstract in nature as it is difficult to decipher the entomology concepts being depicted.
Grading Criteria to be used for Art submissions:
Points Possible
Entomological application/ reflects knowledge gained about insects 30
Biological accuracy (or explanation if intentionally lacking) 20
Appears to have required thought and effort/ sufficient rigor 30
Includes explanation of how, why, what was done in the piece – attached 20
*** 10 points subtracted for each day late ***
Total 100
Literary themes:
If you are a poet, you could choose to develop a collection of original poetry (same quantity of material as an 10-12 page research paper). Utilize classic poetry styles (for example: Epic poems, lyric poems, sonnets, haikus, limerick poems, free verse poems, odes, etc.)
Include a brief introduction, the series of poems, and your interpretation/explanation for the reader (the symbolism, entomological/literary significance, etc.).
Grading Criteria for Original Poetry
Possible Points
Entomological application/reflects knowledge gained about insects 20
Biological accuracy 20
Engaging story-telling / creative poetry 20
Effort equal to a 10-12 page paper. 30
Well written (minimal grammatical, spelling, typographical errors) 10
*** 10 points subtracted for each day late ***
Total 100
Edible art themes
Cakes or other baked products (insect pretzels, sushi, etc.) are acceptable
A life-like or artistic cake that tells a story is absolutely great. Make sure you write a description of what you did and why. The project should take you about 10 hours total and is judged on your description of what you did and why along with taste. Just making cookies with cricket flour or making “worms in dirt” are not acceptable examples.
Here are examples of good projects:
: https://www.google.com/search?q=metamorphosis+cake&biw=1600&bih=829&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=pPkSVczEIcK3yAT2z4LICw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#tbm=isch&q=insect+cake&imgdii=_&imgrc=oDxUz2mwUSLNYM%253A%3BQvllZvuyplB7fM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdragonflywoman.files.wordpress.com
On Insects and Cake
Most of these are not:
https://www.pinterest.com/redhedx/ladybug-cakes/
Possible Points
Entomological application/reflects knowledge gained about insects 20
Biological accuracy 30
Engaging story-telling / creative 20
Effort equal to an 8-10 hours of work 20
Written description about what was done and why 20
*** 10 points subtracted for each day late ***
Total 100
Inspirational Ideas- you can get artistic ideas by searching these items. Do not just replicate someone else’s work- be creative and show what you have liked/ learned in ENTO 2003.
Something to do with an insect family or one particular order or group of insects
The bot fly (one particular kind – human, cattle, horse, etc.)
Honeybees/commercial pollination/honey
Colony Collapse disorder
Social insects…termites, ants, or bees
Sociobiology (look that one up; it’s ideal for political and social scientists) by Ed Wilson
Insect-borne diseases (choose one and discuss all aspects of its disease cycle & impacts where it occurs)
Forensic entomology (real-life CSI!)
Insect influences on engineering and aviation
Aquatic insects (any fly-fishermen in the room?) & their use in biological monitoring
Insects and Forestry
Medicinal maggot therapy
Endangered species (pick an arthropod on the endangered species list and discuss what threatens it & where it still occurs)
Insect pests of wildlife ( a specific example)
Insect pests of livestock ( a specific example)
Insects as biological control agents (like ladybugs, parasitoids or green lacewings) – maybe even biological control of one particular plant or other organism
Parasites (ectoparasites, biting flies, parasitic worms vectored by insects, like heartworms, guinea worms, eye worms, & tapeworms)
Parasitoids (great topic! ) Worth looking this one up too)
Insect pathology (use of insect diseases as pesticides)
Insects in literature, religion or folklore (pick an example)
Insects and global climate change
Insect resistance to pesticides
Insects and flowering plants; coevolution
Big beautiful Neuroptera (big & beautiful could go for almost any group…fleas and lice may be a stretch…))
Historical importance of arthropods. This can be important military history/campaigns, bugs used as weapons, historical role of insect-borne/vectored diseases, or similar impact of “bugs” on society from a historical perspective.
Use of bugs in art. (Modern art, Charles Birchfield, old masters, prehistoric and primitive art; etc.
Use of “bugs” in literature, novels, short stories, poems, etc., (e.g., Shakespeare, Frost, Dan Marquis, and others). You could include how bugs are used in literature as with imagery, joy, beauty, horror, politics, etc.
The impact of mass media relative to society’s view of “bugs,” Consider how newspapers, magazines, tabloids, radio, T.V., etc., present information and how it influences our opinion/evaluation of arthropods and/or on what bugs do or do not do.
Analyze some aspect of public or governmental policy. Examples: are government-imposed quarantines effective at preventing the spread of invasive species? What about customs and port inspections – how many invasive species make it past this inspection and become established? Are area-wide eradication programs (such as for boll weevil) effective, particularly in light of the “costs” of insecticide use (“costs” is more than just the price of insecticide, but the less obvious but harder to measure costs of impact on the environment)? The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, to be implemented over the following ten years, has resulted in broad changes in the way pesticides are registered and used; analyze the impacts of this Act—did it accomplish all that it was meant to do?
International themes: Cultural viewpoints about insects from around the world.
Banned Subjects:
No monarchs, honey bees, black widows, or ladybird beetles. There are many other fascinating arthropods that are important to human society and interesting. Explore and find them.

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